NEW YORK, June 22 (UPI) -- Fresh from portraying mobster Corrado "Uncle Junior" Soprano on "The Sopranos," New Yorker Dominic Chianese said he hoped to return to TV in a lighter role.
"I'm going to miss acting in the show but I will hopefully continue on television in a more musical capacity," Chianese told the Staten Island (N.Y.) Advance. "I'd love to host a television show."
Playing Uncle Junior, especially as the character's dementia worsened, gave Chianese a chance to show off his acting talents.
"The more three-dimensional the character, the more craft you need," Chianese said during the opening of a hot dog stand.
As for the controversial "Sopranos" finale, Chianese told the newspaper he thought the ending was "perfect."
Chianese said he appeared at the hot dog shop -- where he sang a ditty he wrote about the tube steak -- to support friends involved in the venture and because of childhood memories.
"My father always loved hot dogs," he told the Advance. "It reminds me of him."